Dust Mite Allergies & Asthma
What is a Dust Mite and where can I find them?
Dust and Dust Mites are common in most households. Because of their translucent bodies and minute size, dust mites are virtually invisible to the naked eye. While dust mites appear in nearly all homes, they thrive in humid conditions.
Areas where musty and mildew odors are present are more likely to have higher concentrations of dust mites. Dust mites are not airborne, instead they cling to dust and fabrics, such as upholstery and are also commonly found in places containing flakes of human skin tissue such as bedding and bathrooms.
Do I have a Dust Mite allergy?
Some people may confuse simply sneezing with an allergy to dust or dust mites, however the reason we sneeze is to expel irritants and cleanse our nasal cavities. So simply sneezing while in a dusty environment does not necessarily mean you have an allergy or sensitivity to dust and dust mites.
Some other symptoms that could accompany sneezing and be associated with a dust and dust mite allergy include:
- Cold like symptoms, including runny nose, watery eyes and coughing
- Itchy mouth and throat
- Post Nasal Drip
- Chest tightness or pain
- Wheezing and whistling while breathing out
- Trouble sleeping
What can I do about Dust Mites?
Ongoing exposure to dust mites can have very serious consequences for people with asthma or an allergy/hypersensitivity to mites.
Best practices for treating dust and dust mite allergies should include:
- Regular dusting and vacuuming of your home
- Wash bedding at least once per week
- Stop smoking, and if you must smoke, smoke outdoors only
- Use a protective mattress cover
- Use a dehumidifier, since dust mites prefer a warm humid environment
As clean as you keep your home and possessions, it is impossible to remove dust and dust mites completely from your personal environment and all of the places that you visit. Dr. Cushing’s AllerCease™technique can help to eliminate your allergy once and for all, instead of simply fighting the symptoms.